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In early October I was diagnosed with Stage 3B rectal cancer. Donna and I both were very scared and had no idea what to do with this news. I originally went to a GI doctor who performed a sigmoidoscopy and saw the tumor. He immediately referred me to a surgeon named Dr. Yu at the Atlanta Colon and Rectal Surgery group (Dr. Yu is a wonderful surgeon and one of the best in Atlanta.) After taking a biopsy of the tumor, and confirming that it was a adenocarcinoma with signet ring features, Dr. Yu sent me on to have an MRI and a CT scan done.
During the time between my diagnosis and the start of my treatments, I spoke with a lot of my professors (who are also chiropractors) at my school and many of them had great insight on where to start to get my body back to health. I read a lot of books and also went through an online seminar called "The Truth about Cancer". One of my professors at school, Dr. Krantz, told me to go see Dr. Bruce Gould at Kennestone Cancer Center who became my oncologist.
Dr. Gould recommended I do 6 weeks of chemotherapy and 5 1/2 weeks of radiation at the same time for the first part of treatment and soon to follow would be surgery and another round of chemo.
Before I started chemotherapy a needed to have a port put into my chest and 1 week after that, I would start chemo. I started my chemo on Oct. 31st. I learned that there are different kinds of chemo for different kinds of cancers which I didn't know. My chemo is called 5-Fu and it is put into a packet and a bag that looks like a purse so I could carry it around with me. This chemo I had to keep with me 24/7 for 6 weeks. It was attached to me so that I had to sleep with it, take showers with it, do EVERYTHING with it tethered to me. Every 7 days I had to go back to get a refill. I was scared about the side effects of chemo at first but the 5-FU (which is known as The Gentle Giant) was not too, too bad. I started my 28 treatments of radiation Nov. 1st and the radiation lasted 5 1/2 weeks. My treatments were Monday-Friday. I am so, so, so glad to be done with the first set of treatments! Now I'm waiting on my surgery which is scheduled for Tuesday, January 24th.